• Reluctant Entertainer

  • Reluctant Entertainer

  • Reluctant Entertainer

  • The Atlas Room

  • Cesare Casella

  • Canal House Cooking

  • Lynn Clark

  • Disney

  • Jeremy Ball

  • iStock

  • Carly Goldsmith

  • iStock

  • iStock

  • Kris Schoels

  • iStock

  • iStock

  • Leigh Beisch

  • The Pink Apron

Stop searching for the perfect main course to go with your holiday meal and go spend time with your family. From duck breast to perfectly-cooked prime rib and even a marinated tofu recipe for your vegetarian guests, we've got you covered. These 18 dishes are worthy of your Christmas table.

  • 1. Crusted pepper prime rib

    Reluctant Entertainer

    This Crusted Pepper Prime Rib recipe from the Reluctant Entertainer is the perfect holiday main dish to serve at any party, casual or elegant.

    Recipe: Crusted pepper prime rib

  • 2. Rolled pork tenderloin with quinoa stuffing

    Reluctant Entertainer

    This recipe from the Reluctant Entertainer is a beautiful display and show-stopper recipe for the holidays.

    Recipe: Rolled pork tenderloin with quinoa stuffing

  • 3. Roasted 12-lb turkey

    Reluctant Entertainer

    Don't let your fear of drying out a turkey stop you from making this delicious bird for your guests, courtesy of the Reluctant Entertainer.

    Recipe: Roasted 12-lb turkey

  • 4. Duo of Beef with Parsnip Puree, Swiss Chard and Beets

    The Atlas Room

    The Atlas Room in Washington, D.C. brings a modern touch to its seasonally based menu.Duo of Beef is a plate with braised short ribs and grilled flat iron steak, served over parsnip-potato purée, roasted beets, swiss chard,topped with a mulled red wine bordelaise sauce. This dish has been the singular constant on The Atlas Room menu since day one, evoking the deep flavors of beef in a rich and refined manner. Try this for the holidays -- friends and family are sure to be impressed.

    Recipe: Duo of Beef with Parsnip Puree, Swiss Chard and Beets

  • 5. Controfiletto di Maiale al Profumo di Rosmarino

    Cesare Casella

    Berkshire pork chop with perfumed with rosemary and sautéed shallot. Make your holiday man course a real star with this simple yet flavorful dish.

    Recipe: Controfiletto di Maiale al Profumo di Rosmarino

  • 6. Roast Prime Rib of Beef

    Canal House Cooking

    We favor roasting large cuts of meat at a low temperature; the gentle heat cooks them evenly throughout (which means beautifully rosy pink slices of beef).

    Recipe: Roast Prime Rib of Beef

  • 7. Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks

    Lynn Clark

    The best steaks are salty, sizzling, and almost singed on the outside and juicy, red, and almost buttery within. It’s the contrast that makes for perfect steak. Steakhouses achieve formidable crust with industrial-strength grills and broilers (some push temperatures into quadruple digits!) that instantly evaporate surface moisture on the meat, leaving a dry surface upon which to build a substantial caramelized crust.

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    Home rigs can’t get that hot (500 degrees is all you can ask for), so you can kiss good crust goodbye. So how do you get that perfectly grilled steak with the amazing flavorful crust? Follow these directions to the T and you will have a crowds praising your culinary skills.

    Recipe: Super-Crusty Grilled Steaks

  • 8. Crispy Roasted Duck Breast


    This duck dish served aboard Lumiere’s on the Disney Magic and Triton’s on the Disney Wonder and would make the perfect main dish for Christmas.

    Recipe: Crispy Roasted Duck Breast

  • 9. Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast

    Jeremy Ball

    The coffee and chili powder add a nice earthly aspect that compliments and enhances the bold, beef flavor of the rib roast. Have your butcher prepare the prime rib with the fat cap still attached. Have him cut under the fat cap as though it were going to be removed but leave it attached on one side.

    Recipe: Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast

  • 10. Rainier Cherry & Maple Glazed Bandera Quail


    Bandera quail is from Bandera, Tex. which is known among world-class chefs and the public, not for beef but for its exceptionally high quality and affordable quail meat.

    Related: 10 fabulous layered desserts for holiday entertaining

    The addition of the sweet and slightly tart cherries adds a unique flavor to this winning dish. 

    Recipe: Rainier Cherry & Maple Glazed Bandera Quail

  • 11. Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms

    Carly Goldsmith

    The last thing anyone wants to do before Christmas is make a complicated, time-consuming recipe for dinner. Enter this recipe, which puts dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms

  • 12. Shrimp Bouillabaisse


    Traditional bouillabaisse is a marvelous dish that requires many kinds of seafood and a lot of time to make. This quicker version delivers all the thrills of the original but uses only shrimp, plus fennel and edamame. Yogurt adds a sense of the characteristic creaminess, and buttery garlic bread completes the meal.

    Recipe: Shrimp Bouillabaisse

  • 13. Black Cod with Miso


    This sweet and silky fish dish from Nobu New York has been cloned at restaurants all over the country. It's fairly straightforward to make. The fish marinates overnight in just enough sake and miso to coat. Quickly searing the cod, then finishing it in the oven, creates a beautifully burnished crust.

    Recipe: Black Cod with Miso

  • 14. Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese wrapped in Prosciutto

    Kris Schoels

    Looking for a fast way to jazz up your same old boring chicken? This goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken breast wrapped in a layer of prosciutto will impress your guests. It takes little time prepare, but tastes and looks delicious.

    Recipe: Chicken Breast Stuffed with Goat Cheese wrapped in Prosciutto

  • 15. Cajun Deep-Fried Whole Turkey


    Developed decades ago by Louisiana Cajun chefs, deep-fried turkey has taken America by storm and adds a whole new dimension to the art of Southern frying. The result should be a turkey that is crunchy crisp on the outside with a succulent moist interior.

    Related: 11 must-try Christmas cookies

    Is the fried turkey really as glorious as they say? You bet it is.

    Recipe: Cajun Deep-Fried Whole Turkey

  • 16. Braised Lamb Neck With Wine Noodles


    Chef Marcel Vigneron, "Top Chef" runner-up and star of Syfy's Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, dished out this delicacy.

    Recipe: Braised Lamb Neck With Wine Noodles

  • 17. Wine-Braised Beef Cheeks

    Leigh Beisch

    How often do you get to say the words "beef cheeks" and "romantic dinner" in the same sentence? Well, now you can! This recipe elevates cheeks of beef to fine dining status. If cheeks are not available, then oxtail, beef shoulder, or shank will do.

    Recipe: Wine-Braised Beef Cheeks

  • 18. Mustard Crusted Tofu With Strawberries

    The Pink Apron

    For your vegetarian guests: pressed tofu is marinated with Dijon mustard, strawberries and honey, then breaded with flakey Panko breadcrumbs and cashews before being baked crisp in the oven. Strawberries are reduced with honey and balsamic vinegar to balance the sweet and savory in this playful dinner. This recipe comes to us from Kelly of The Pink Apron.

    Recipe: Mustard Crusted Tofu with Strawberries